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San Severo Chapel

Italy

A jewel of the international artistic heritage, the Chapel of San Severo was built in the sixteenth century in the heart of old Naples. Baroque creativity and dynastic pride, beauty and mystery come together here to create a unique atmosphere that looks to belong to another period in history. Home to masterpieces such as the famous Veiled Christ, wonders of virtuoso skills like the Release from Deception and enigmatic presences like the Anatomical models, the chapel of San Severo represents one of the most unusual monuments ever conceived by human genius. Master treatment specialist Vincenzo Casolaro carried out a job to “bring back life” to the 250 m² of flooring in late eighteenth century terracotta, extremely dirty due to continual visitor traffic with the additional problem of crystallised carbonates. The floors also had a Greek fret trim in glazed terracotta that was worn and flaking in parts, which called for delicate hand treatment. It took treatment specialist Vincenzo Casolaro 4 nights and one day to complete the job and restore the surface to its original beauty, a task made particularly difficult by its delicateness and prestige. But with much care and plenty of elbow grease, the chapel of San Severo now shines in all its original splendour. Initial cleaning with FILAPS87 degreasing detergent, was followed by a second washing with  FilaDEK, needed to remove the residual dirt. FilaES82 protector was applied to restore the seal and the floor was then finished with a coat of tan colour paste waxes: FilaMATT and FilaNATUREWAX.